UNIDO side event at SPIEF: "Strengthening international SMEs alliances between the Russia Federation and the LAC region"
As a follow-up of the workshop on “Strengthening International Alliances in the Global Market” held in July 2015 in Quito, Ecuador, the UNIDO LAC Division, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation organized a side event, titled "Strengthening international SMEs alliances between the Russian Federation and Latin America and the Caribbean", at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016.
The UNIDO side event started on 13 June and ended on 15 June 2016. The event (see agenda) featured roundtable discussions with the regional blocks (CARICOM, CAN, SIECA and MERCOSUR) presenting promotion instruments and export opportunities in Russia. In addition, the Russian Federation also provided presentations on market opportunities, logistics, retailers, networks, customs and tariffs for the LAC countries.
This event provided a unique occasion to exchange necessary information and enhance the trade between the two regions in priority sectors. Participants had an opportunity to obtain first-hand information and establish promising business opportunities with the Russian Federation. They also had the chance to exhibit promotion materials from the respective countries during the SMEs Forum and create business contacts within the Russian Federation.